Yesterday I heard Eden Brukman present briefly on the updates to the Living Building Challenge - v2.0 - and was excited about the inclusion of Urban Agriculture, among other new features.
The Challenge now also includes 'car free living', 'biophilia', 'human scale and humane places', 'democracy and social justice' and 'rights to nature' - a few of these under the new 'Petal of Equity.'
Not sure what a Petal is?
Within one performance based rating system, the Challenge covers small and large scopes of buildings and communities. Good going guys.
From partial building renos to entire new construction projects, individual landscape to infrastructure projects and whole communities, 'scale jumping' within the system is permitted. It's the bookshelf concept that USGBC is only beginning fully realize.
The performance requirement of one year of continuous operation remains the same.
Go straight to the source here, and download the new rating system today!